As we approach the end of 2023, it’s crucial to reflect on the events that shaped the disability community this year. While we bid farewell to some influential figures, we also celebrate significant strides toward a more equal environment where everyone can thrive.
In March, we lost a true icon, Judy Heumann. Her unwavering commitment to advancing civil rights for people with disabilities leaves an enduring legacy. Judy’s impact extended beyond policy changes; it was felt in the lives she touched. While we may have said goodbye, Judy Heumann will forever remain in our hearts and minds.
In September, the U.S. Department of Labor took a significant step toward fostering equal employment opportunities. The “Pre-enforcement Notice and Conciliation Procedures” rule aims to make the OFCCP’s enforcement more effective by revoking outdated standards and providing greater flexibility in pre-enforcement and conciliation processes.
In October, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This landmark legislation laid the groundwork for the protection of individuals with disabilities from discrimination. As we celebrated this milestone, we were reminded of the progress made and the work that still lies ahead.
The iDisability team wishes you a joyous holiday season filled with warmth, hope, and unity. This holiday season, let’s carry the spirit of progress and inclusivity forward and continue to advocate for inclusivity and equal rights.